A Month of Monsters – The Masks of Malkira

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This piece depicts unsettling party-goers, clad in masks.

The masks of Malkira once belonged to Lady Ziva Dažboh, known for her refusal to marry and her debauched and expensive parties. Late in her life, she had a sudden change of heart and, following six months of cloistered study, prayer and self-reflection reappeared on the social scene, inviting her many friends, confidantes and bon vivants back to Castle Esternos for a grand party to celebrate her return.

The party-goers found the house much as they remembered, along with the entertainments. Drink, drugs, potions, whores, entertainers and fine foods. This was, however, a masquerade ball.

To their horror, at the stroke of midnight, the masks bound to their flesh and revealed their ‘true selves’, inverting their beliefs, consciences and all else. For many of the debauched party-goers this was a horrifying and sudden sense of guilt and shame and many took their lives, others dragged away by devils who – seemingly – provided the lady with the masks. Since the party they have scattered to the four winds, cursed treasures waiting to turn others and to expose their hypocritical natures.

As to Lady Ziva, she vanished that same night.

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – The Zombie King

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This piece depicts a colourful zombie, suitable for spot illustrations.

Every so often – seemingly without any predictability or pattern – a newly created zombie retains much of its intelligence, and an ability to direct other low-intellect undead such as zombies and skeletons to act with the same sort of intelligence and tactics as they, themselves are capable of. Hard to spot in the midst of the rest of the dead, finding and putting them down will make the rest easier to slay (for a second time).

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#RPG – A Month of Monsters – Avarus, the Dragon of Greed

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This piece depicts a dragon, squatting atop its golden hoard.

This is Avarus, a dragon of greed (in medieval times dragons were associated with the serpent from the Bible, and with the various sins). Avarus squats in a vast underground chamber beneath a stone circle, tended and attended by a cult of corrupted druids who bring him riches and perform human sacrifices – even though he answers no prayers and has no special powers to aid them, he can only withhold his wrath.

The area around him – out to seven miles – is filled with small, dilapidated villages, filled with suspicious people and misers. Many around here bury their treasure or take extreme precautions against thieves. You can also expect to pay a great deal more for goods and services throughout this area, as much as your purse can stand. Market days, often jolly and festival-like elsewhere, are nasty, mean-spirited and frequently spill over into fights here.

It has been like this since the days of old when squabbling over the succession to a long dead, and now forgotten queen gave rise to Avarus, a physical embodiment of greed, born of the clutching schemes of her children.

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